Haggis for all! Maplewood celebrates Robbie Burns Day

Pictured above, the haggis with whisky sauce Maplewood served for Robbie Burns Day.

Traditional Scottish fare and bagpipe music mark birthday of Scotland’s most celebrated poet

Maplewood residents and staff members celebrated the birthday of Scottish poet Robert Burns on Friday (Jan. 25) with a traditional Burns supper and bagpipe music. Read more

Frost Manor’s new dining-room sign stemming congestion, confusion for residents

BSO team’s intervention pays off immediately

When it was discovered that some residents were finding the congestion in Frost Manor’s lounge area confusing while walking to the dining room at mealtimes, the Lindsay long-term care home’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team came up with a solution. Read more

Riverview Manor receives funding to determine benefits of social work in BSO program

Social worker Laura Johnstone, pictured above, is working with Riverview Manor’s BSO team.

Social worker Laura Johnstone will be working with residents and BSO team until the end of March

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – As a social-work student, Laura Johnstone did her placement at Riverview Manor last summer and got to know many of the Peterborough long-term care home’s residents. Read more

Maplewood Lifetime Achievement recipient Rosie Rollins remembered as an ‘artist’ with a ‘heart of gold’

‘I truly believe that Rosie was the most generous person I knew,’ says administrator

Rosie Rollins was such a talented seamstress and knitter that Maplewood administrator Rachel Corkery says she’s best described as an “artist.” Read more

RN ‘creates possibility where others may see defeat’

Willows Estate’s Lily Martin receive Elisabeth Hinton Award

Buttering toast isn’t in her job description but Lily Martin has been known to roll up her sleeves and help out in the kitchen. Read more

Focusing on strengths and interests enhances quality of life for residents with dementia: LEC

Students from St. Michael Elementary School are seen here singing for Streamway Villa residents in December 2016. Intergenerational activities have long been favourite programs for the Cobourg long-term care home’s residents.

Streamway Villa residents benefiting from sensory activities, fitness program, music therapy and intergenerational get-togethers

Focusing on activities that play to people’s strengths and interests – especially those that encourage reminiscing – are proving to be effective at enhancing quality of life for long-term care residents living with dementia, says Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Christina Doughty. Read more

Frost Manor’s new washroom signs decreasing confusion

BSO team comes up with solution to end washroom-tub room confusion

When Frost Manor’s Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) team noticed some residents were trying to enter the tub room while trying to find the washroom, they came up with an idea in December to get new signage to make things simple. Read more

Willows Estate a zoo for a day

Program offers residents interaction with exotic animals

What a zoo.

Willows Estate has gone wild, well at least it did for one day recently when the Aurora-based long-term care home hosted an activity for residents featuring a variety of exotic animals. Read more

OMNI recognized by Sysco for being an early adopter of state-of-the-art menu program

Operations manager of nutrition and food service Chris Weber, pictured second from left, accepts a Pioneer Award during Sysco’s 20th-anniversary gala.

Synergy on Demand program has been an important tool in helping enhance quality meal services

OMNI Health Care was recently recognized by Sysco Canada with a Pioneer Award for being an early adopter of the Synergy on Demand menu program, which has been an important tool in helping OMNI ensure high-quality meal service in its long-term care homes. Read more

Making communities ‘dementia-friendly,’ encouraging relationships, enhances quality of life for everyone: Alzheimer Society

LTC homes can – and do – play part in movement to bridge gap between communities and people with dementia

Encouraging community members to come into long-term care homes and engaging local businesses and government to increase accessibility and make communities more “dementia-friendly” are some of the things that can be done to decrease dementia’s stigma and enhance quality of life for people, says Mary Schulz. Read more